Georgetown Hoyas Host Surprising St. John's Red Storm in Pivotal Big East Matchup

By Merlisa
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

The Georgetown Hoyas (15-4, 5-3) defeated the St. John’s Red Storm 67-51 Jan. 12 at Madison Square Garden.  At the time the Hoyas were ranked 19th and the Red Storm was 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the Big East Conference.

The Red Storm hasn’t lost since.  At 14-7 and 6-3 in the Big East, the Red Storm comes to Washington D.C. for a pivotal league matchup against the Hoyas.

Although the Hoyas are coming off a blowout win over the Seton Hall Pirates, Coach John Thompson III knows his team has to forget about celebrating and focus on a game that could send them into a tie for third or drop them into fifth in the league.

“Now you have to forget about it and get ready for Saturday’s game against St. John’s, who obviously is playing well right now,” said Thompson.   “Every game is a big game, but it’s a big game.”

St. John’s enters the game in sole possession of third place in the league.  Their five-game winning streak is somewhat of a surprise because they were picked to finish 10th in a preseason poll.

It’s the first five-game winning streak for St. John’s since 2010-11 season. You have to go back to the 1998-99 season to find the  last St. John’s was third or better at the half-way point of league play.

A win for St. John’s keeps them ahead of a log-jam of four teams tied for fourth in the Big East.  It will be the 99th meeting between the teams. Georgetown has won the last four and 10 of the last 13.  However St. John’s holds a 53-45 series edge.

The Hoyas are riding a three-game winning streak.  If the Hoyas want to extend that streak they will need another strong performance from forward  Otto Porter Jr. who leads the team in scoring, averaging 15 points per game.  Porter has averaged 16.8 points against Big East opponents.

Merlisa blogs about Big East Basketball.  Follow her on Twitter @merlisa



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